Our sponsors

Royal Dutch Shell - Gold sponsor

Royal Dutch Shell is one of the world’s leading energy companies with operations in more than 70 countries and around 86,000 employees. Since it was formed in 1907, it has developed considerable expertise in the exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals. Today its strategy is focused on strengthening these businesses alongside developing lower-carbon energy sources as the world’s energy systems evolve. Safety and social responsibility are priorities in its business approach.

Shell is very proud to have played a role in developing Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas resources since 1939, through the emirate’s first major oil concession. The concession finally expired in 2014, bringing an end to what was an historical era but the company retains extensive business operations in the UAE and continues to offer its technical expertise to help the country achieve its energy goals and generate value for its shareholders. It also supports the development of young Emirati scientists and engineers, through a number of social programmes across the country.

Besix - Silver sponsor

BESIX (Six Construct) is one of the leading construction companies in the Middle East which combine the efforts of an experienced workforce with strategic and innovative use of technology to overcome complex business challenges. Its focus has always been on retaining the best talent to deliver quality solutions.

BESIX specializes in six domains: buildings (skyscrapers, airports, hospitals, residential and commercial complexes), marine works (ports, quay walls, jetties, breakwaters), civil construction for industrial projects, environmental and energy-related industries, sports and leisure complexes, and a range of infrastructure projects (bridges, tunnels and tramways). With a workforce of 2,000 engineers and technicians together with 15,000 workers, BESIX’s commitment to safety, health and the environment is unparalleled and simply stated: no accidents, no harm to people and no damage to the environment. The company integrates ecological sustainability requirements, welfare and environmental impact into all aspects of its projects: design, implementation and use. This way, clients can be assured their projects will meet the highest international standards. With values such as reliability, creativity, quality, teamwork, innovation, respect towards the clients and associates, integrity and professionalism, BESIX enjoys recognition and respect not only in the construction industry but also within the community.

Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office (LTIO) - Bronze sponsor

On 20 November 2011, the new Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office (LTIO) were officially inaugurated in Abu Dhabi.

The role of Luxembourg’s Embassy in Abu Dhabi is twofold: on the one hand, political representation, and on the other hand, promotion of Luxembourg’s interests in the UAE. The Embassy is a platform for conducting bilateral relations and more generally promoting Luxembourg, its culture, institutions and economy. As for the economic component, the Trade and Investment Office, or LTIO, is committed to assist GCC businesses for their expansion to Luxembourg and entrance into the European markets.

The LTIO facilitates trade between Luxembourg and the Gulf region and supports Luxembourg-based businesses in establishing and developing their activities in the Gulf region.

Services to companies that are interested in setting up a presence in Luxembourg:

Information on the general and sector-specific business environments and related government policies;

Services offered to Luxembourg-based companies interested in setting up in the Gulf region:

  • Tailor-made visiting programs and practical help with the establishment of a company in Luxembourg;
  • Access to high-ranking government officials and key network contacts including the House of Entrepreneurship (One-Stop-Shop), the agencies Luxinnovation and Luxembourg for Finance, the Luxembourg University, research centers, business accelerators etc…
  • Contact facilitation with potential business partners;
  • Information on immigration and visa questions;
  • Advice on the local business environment;
  • Information on market entry conditions;
  • Contact with local authorities which oversee company establishment;
  • Introduction to business networks;
  • Contact facilitation with potential business partners.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Bronze sponsor

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi promotes strong bilateral ties between the Netherlands and the UAE. The Embassy has a strong focus on economic diplomacy, promoting Dutch trade, industry and investment in the Netherlands. The Embassy offers a number of products and services for both starting and seasoned entrepreneurs that can help companies prepare and establish their business. These services include:

  • Providing trade requests and market information
  • Conducting business partner scans & matchmaking
  • Conducting Company check
  • Organizing trade missions & facilitating delegations
  • Providing assistance and support regarding trade disputes

The Embassy works closely with the Dutch Consulate General in Dubai and organisations and ministries in the Netherlands, including the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). This agency has several tools to support Dutch companies with ambitions abroad. These instruments vary from providing specific information, to supporting starter projects, grants, loans and positioning in foreign markets.

Leaseplan - Bronze sponsor

LeasePlan Emirates is a joint venture between Mubadala and LeasePlan Corporation (51% Mubadala, 49% LeasePlan Corporation), the world’s leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company, which operates a fleet of more than 1.3 million vehicles around the world.

Established in 2006, LeasePlan Emirates offers innovative and customized fleet management and vehicle leasing solutions to corporate and government clients throughout the United Arab Emirates, using its proven technology and control systems platform to deliver a unique value proposition to the marketplace and improve its client’s operating efficiencies.

Arendt & Medernach - Bronze sponsor

Arendt & Medernach is the leading independent business law firm in Luxembourg. The firm’s international team of 325 legal professionals represents clients in all areas of Luxembourg business law, with offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, New York and Paris.

Our service to clients is differentiated by the end to end specialist advice we offer, covering all legal, regulatory, taxation and advisory aspects of doing business in Luxembourg.

Our firm advises international and domestic clients in all areas of business law relevant to their business activities, ranging from fund formation, banking, insurance, private equity and real estate to corporate and tax matters. Our firm also advises clients on matters of VAT in the United Arab Emirates.

Cheers Abu Dhabi - Bronze sponsor

Our Cheers Shops are retail outlets selling a full range of Wine, Beer and Spirits brands.
We have 6 shops in total – Cheers InterCon Hotel Marina Car Park, Cheers Al Raha Beach Hotel (inside the Hotel), Cheers NCT&H Head Office Building (close to ADNEC), Cheers Al Ain, Cheers Mussafah and Cheers Dhafra. All our shops have dedicated customer parking and are open 7 days a week.
You will also find an exciting range of excellent wines and the lowest prices in Abu Dhabi, with special discounts available for all members of the BeNeLux Business Council – simply present your membership card ID to the cashier.
BBC Members get 15% discount at all Cheers shops.

Hotel Intercontinental - Bronze sponsor

A landmark at the heart of the capital, InterContinental Abu Dhabi is perfectly situated on the beach & drive away from downtown & Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre.

The hotel is a culinary haven with themed restaurants. Brazilian, Fishmarket, Italian, The Yacht club & all day dining restaurants. Two of the best malls are located within minutes away with shuttle service. White sandy beach, Health Club & pool. Beach development is taking place with minimum disturbance to guests.
BBC members get 15% discount on food and beverages at the InterContinental hotel Abu Dhabi.
www.dining-intercontinental-ad.ae